January 2020 -- Tevet-Shevat 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 1

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Westchester Jewish Council Holds 44th Anniversary Gala

The Westchester Jewish Council (WJC) will celebrate its 44th Anniversary Gala, on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7:15pm at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, 280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains. The celebration will honor David A. Alpert, Arlene Kleinberg and Saul, David and Daniel Singer for their dedication and service to the Westchester Jewish community. The evening will feature a cocktail dinner and dessert by Foremost Caterers with entertainment by comedian Corey Kahaney. Kosher dietary laws will be observed.


Arlene Kleinberg is a strong believer in supporting the Jewish community and people in need through philanthropy and volunteer opportunities.  She is currently the Campaign Chair of Westchester’s UJA Federation and serves on UJA’s Time for Good committee in New York City.  She is a Board Member of the Westchester Jewish Council and The Sharing Shelf.  Arlene is a former Board Member of the Mid-Westchester JCC and served on the Executive Committee of her synagogue, the Young Israel of Scarsdale.  When her children attended Westchester Day School, Arlene was a Class Parent, Co-Chair and volunteer teacher with Learning to Look, an arts education program and co-chaired the Yom Ha’Atzmaut Family Program.  She also reads to first graders at PS 75 in New York City.  She calls herself a “professional volunteer”.


David A. Alpert has been a devoted leader of the Jewish community for more than 50 years.  He is the Senior Vice President of Riverside Memorial Chapel and is actively involved in many philanthropic, civic and humanitarian organizations.  David played a prominent role in the dedication of the Jewish Chaplains’ Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery and was the major force behind the Jewish Chaplains’ monument tour, “On the Road to Arlington”.


Closer to home, David is a RIETS Fellow of Yeshiva University and serves on the boards of the Wurzweiller School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, the Westchester Jewish Council, Westchester Jewish Community Services, the United Hebrew Home of New Rochelle and the Advisory Board of the New York Board of Rabbis.  David is a past member of the Board of Governors of B’nai B’rith International, Past Chairman of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of Westchester, Past President of the Free Synagogue of Westchester and a member of Congregation Emanu-El.


Saul and Fran Singer, along with their two sons, David and Daniel, have been devoted leaders of the Westchester community for decades.  The Singer Family, with Saul as President, acquired Robison Oil in 1984.  Today the business is still family run with David and Daniel as Co-Presidents.


Saul was one of the founders of the Westchester Jewish Council, served as its president and has held many other prominent leadership roles in the Jewish Community, including: President of the Greenburgh Jewish Center, Chairman of Israel Bonds in Westchester, member of the Board of Governors of UJA Federation, Vice President of the New York Conference for Soviet Jewry, member of the Boards of Ben Gurion University and of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester (now the Leffell School).


David has served the community in many ways, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester Putnam Workforce Investment Board, UJA Business and Professionals Division, the Rosenthal Jewish Community Center of Northern Westchester, the White Plains Hospital Advisory Board, and Board of the Boys & Girls Club.  David currently sits on the advisory board of J-Teen and the Board of Directors for Feeding Westchester, as well as chair of the Feeding Westchester HR committee.


Daniel is Past Chair of UJA-Federation’s Westchester Business and Professional Division and a recent Past President of Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor.  He served as Past chair of the American Jewish Committee’s Energy Independence Committee, as well as its Westchester Board of Directors.


The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities and strengthens relationships among 140 Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith based groups, elected officials, Israel and the community at large.


This event is open to the entire community. Cost varies by donor level. Details and registration are available on line at www.wjcouncil.org. For more information contact the Council at 914-328-7001.